The Indians’ Lonnie Chisenhall had one of those nights to remember on Monday night as the Tribe beat the Rangers, 17-7.
Chisenhall was perfect at the plate, going 5 for 5. He smacked 3 homers and drove home 9 runs to key the victory.
The 9 runs batted in equaled the team record, set in 1991 by Chris James. Chisenhall had a night not unlike the night the Red Sox Freddy Lynn had in 1975 when he had 5 hits, 3 homers and 9 RBIs. Chisenhall and Lynn are two of only 4 players in baseball history to have 5 hits, 3 homers, and 9 or more RBIs in one game.
Chisenhall had some company in spanking the baseball around the yard. Michael Brantley, Asdrubal Cabrera, and Jason Kipnis each had 3 hits. Brantley scored 5 times. Doctor Smooth also homered, as did George Kottaras.
The first reliever, Scott Atchison, earned the win as 5 pitchers toed the rubber for the Indians.
The Indians banged out 18 hits in the game and made the most of things to get those 17 runs.
The Indians are in Kansas City on Tuesday night.